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Bakker, Steven – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
A particular trait of the educational system under socialist reign was accountability at the input side--appropriate facilities, centrally decided curriculum, approved text-books, and uniformly trained teachers--but no control on the output. It was simply assumed that it met the agreed standards, which was, in turn, proven by the statistics…
Descriptors: Accountability, Social Problems, Ethics, Foreign Students
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Polikoff, Morgan S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2010
Standards-based reform, as codified by the No Child Left Behind Act, relies on the ability of assessments to accurately reflect the learning that takes place in U.S. classrooms. However, this property of assessments--their instructional sensitivity--is rarely, if ever, investigated by test developers, states, or researchers. In this paper, the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Psychometrics, Accountability, Teaching Methods
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Camara, Wayne J.; Lane, Suzanne – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2006
The "Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing" have evolved in the breadth and depth of coverage of issues in educational testing and measurement since their first publication in 1954. There were a number of substantive changes in the 1999 revision that addressed validity, fairness, accommodations, and compliance with the…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Revision (Written Composition), Standards, Psychological Testing
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Resnick, Lauren B. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2006
Standards-based education has now reached a stage where it is possible to evaluate its overall effectiveness. Several earlier papers in the special issue of "Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice" on "Test Scores and State Accountability" (Volume 24, Number 4) examined specific state policies and their effects on schools…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Accountability, Educational Policy, Educational History
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Chester, Mitchell D. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2005
This study explores the use of multiple measures to enhance the validity and reliability of inferences about school and district effectiveness. Using data from the state of Ohio, a framework for combining measures is applied to examine the individual and collective impact of multiple measures on both the federal AYP designations and state ratings.…
Descriptors: Inferences, Educational Improvement, School Effectiveness, Accountability
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Buckendahl, Chad W.; Impara, James C.; Plake, Barbara S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2002
Proposed an accountably model that addresses the challenges of allowing school districts to choose the specific strategies they use to measure student performance and evaluated this model using data from multiple sources for all school districts in Florida. Findings identify three strategies that would be useful for this type of accountability…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment
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Lane, Suzanne; Stone, Clement A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2002
Addresses issues in evaluating the consequences of assessment programs that are developed to hold schools accountable to state standards. Proposes a validation study to obtain consequential evidence for state assessment and accountability programs that includes a validity argument, propositions that follow from the validity argument, a definition…
Descriptors: Accountability, Achievement Gains, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Philips, S. E. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1996
Precedents from litigation on state graduation assessments provide insight into the potential legal arguments challengers may raise with regard to mandated content and performance standards for all students. Clearly documented, fairly administered procedures that adhere to professional recommendations will be the hallmark of defensible standards.…
Descriptors: Accountability, Court Litigation, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy
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Moss, Pamela A.; And Others – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
How portfolio-based conclusions about student learning might be used to communicate with audiences outside the classroom is explored. Procedures and criteria for investigating validity in portfolio use are discussed. Ten portfolios from an eighth grade language arts class are used as an example. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Data Interpretation, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria
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Miller, M. David; Legg, Sue M. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1993
Implications of using alternative assessments for accountability in a high-stakes testing environment (using tests to make impact decisions for students, schools, or teachers) are examined. The psychometric properties of standardized alternative assessments are discussed, and the consequences of their use are considered. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Alternative Assessment, Decision Making, Educational Assessment
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Popham, W. James – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
Test specifications need to take a middle road so that they are not so general that instructional targeting is impossible and not so specific that only unitary assessment targets are fostered. Using illustrative sample items provides a good means of communicating the items eligible to be tested. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Mehrens, William A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
The use of performance assessments in accountability programs is discussed. Performance assessments have the potential to measure important objectives not easily measured by multiple-choice tests. Nevertheless, they are not suitable for every purpose, and their use should not be oversold. Many psychometric issues remain to be resolved. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Measurement Techniques
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Elliott, Emerson J.; Hall, Ron – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
Current nationwide efforts to improve education call for new information for policymakers in testing and evaluation. Recent state and national evaluation activities, including the Department of Education's project to establish statistical indicators for education, are discussed. Guidelines are given for developing reasonable and appropriate…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Change
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Turlington, Ralph D. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
Testing programs enacted by the state legislature are changing and improving Florida's educational system in five areas: (1) setting standards for students; (2) making schools more accountable; (3) creating growth through competiton; (4) evaluating educational programs; and (5) assuring the competency of educators. (BS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Achievement Tests, Competency Based Education, Competition
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Lane, Suzanne; Parke, Carol S.; Stone, Clement A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1998
Provides a general framework for examining the consequences of assessment programs, especially statewide programs that intend to improve student learning by holding schools accountable. The framework is intended for use with programs using performance-based tasks but can be used with programs using traditional item formats as well. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Performance Based Assessment